Neighbors Notes for June 18, 2013


GALLAUDET GRADUATION: Natalie Delgado, of Baton Rouge, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., during its May 17 commencement exercises. She graduated summa cum laude. Delgado is the daughter of Guillermo and Jenny Delgado and is a graduate of Paul J. Hagerty High School, of Oviedo, Fla., and attended Parkview Baptist School.

OREGON STATE GRADUATIONS: Three south Louisiana students received degrees from Oregon State University on June 15. They are Elizabeth B. Diehl, bachelor of science in sociology, Baton Rouge; Melissa E. Sherman, bachelor of science in natural resources, Livingston; and Benjamin B. Coumes, bachelor of science in computer science, Abita Springs.

ROBINSON RECEIVES CULINARY SCHOLARSHIP: Lashandra Robinson, of Marrero, a student at Nunez Community College in Chalmette, has received a Chefs Move! Scholarship for Culinary Arts, the John Besh and Bride Mayor scholarship program, an initiative of The John Besh Foundation. The scholarship will allow her to train at the International Culinary Center in New York.

Robinson leaves for New York in July. The scholarship’s mission is to diversify kitchen leadership by providing minority applicants the opportunity to train and become leaders in restaurant kitchens and in their communities. The program at ICC is nine months and is followed by a two-month internship with the Besh Restaurant Group.

Once the internship has finished, Chefs Move! graduates stay and work in New Orleans for at least two years so that their advanced culinary skills benefit the local area.


BENNETT HONORED AS VOLUNTEER: Charles Bennett, 83, of Baton Rouge, has been named the Louisiana winner of the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Salute to Senior Service award.

Bennett was recognized for his dedicated community service, including his work at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and the Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge, since his retirement from ExxonMobil 23 years ago. He has been instrumental in obtaining personal and team grants for several area organizations with a total monetary value of more than $582,000 through 2011.

As one of 50 state winners, Bennett earned $500 for his charity of choice donated by Home Instead. Bennett also will have a spot on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame at, where his nomination story has been posted. As a state winner, Bennett will be considered for the national Salute to Senior Service award.


SOUTHALL FAMILY: The first family reunion for descendants and extended family of Collins and Causey Southall will be held June 28-30 in Assumption Parish. Collins (born in 1835) and Causey (born in 1845) were born into slavery and had 12 children: Lee, Mack, Rose, Charles, Simpson, Sally Ann, Wilson, Nancy, Mary Jeanette, Collins, Augustus and Oscar. They lived in Plattenville in what became known as the College Point community. The celebration will include a reception, tours of historic Bayou Lafourche landmarks, a day in the park, an ancestral gala and Sunday worship at Wesley United Methodist Church in Napoleonville. Family members who have not already registered are asked to do so with Kerry Southall, (404) 589-1906 and visit the Southall family Facebook page.

ROBERT E. LEE HIGH SCHOOL: The Class of 1963 will hold a 50-year reunion on Aug. 17 at the LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center. Classmates are encouraged to contact organizers at or (504) 908-3667.

USS LONG BEACH: The USS Long Beach CGN-9 Association will hold its 20th reunion Sept. 9-15 at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 S. Yale Ave., Boise, ID 83750. Make reservations at the $89 convention rate by calling (855) 611-1999 by Aug. 9. For information, contact Don Shade, (866) 352-2469, (716) 569-2314, or Bob Nesbit, (864) 608-3080.

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